Jobactive providers paid lump sum in anticipation of COVID-19 unemployment surge

Katie Burgess
By Katie Burgess
Updated May 28 2020 - 9:07pm, first published 5:50am
Lines outside Woden Centrelink in March: The jobactive caseload has increased from around 630,000 on February 29 to more than 1.3 million on May 7. Picture: Karleen Minney

Private job agencies were paid six weeks of administration fees up front to prepare for a coronavirus-induced spike in unemployment, despite a moratorium on mutual obligations reporting because of the pandemic.

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Katie Burgess

Katie Burgess

Federal politics reporter